Year in review: Top 25 posts of 2017
Posted: 4 January 2018 | Intelligent Transport | 1 comment
We’ve rung the changes in the last 12 months here at Intelligent Transport, bidding a fond farewell to the Eurotransport name, launching a brand new annual conference, and getting a fresh new look for our new technological focus.
It was a year to remember for the public transport industry, too, with innovation reaching a tipping point that is set to make 2018 a year full of further technological disruption and development. Here, we take a look back at an exciting 2017 to review the posts that were most popular among our readers.
On behalf of everyone at Intelligent Transport, we wish you a happy, healthy 2018, and look forward to a new year of exciting developments within public transport.
Mobility-as-a-Service app Whim made public transit easier by introducing an updated subscription service that offers users unlimited transport on a monthly basis in Helsinki.
The social media tool, which is powered by artificial intelligence, can ‘chat’ with customers using Facebook Messenger and instantly tell them when their bus will arrive, provide service updates and Tube maps. The TravelBot can also link direct to a customer service agent, making customer service queries easier than ever.
National Express West Midlands bus passengers were able to pay by contactless for the first time in a new trial in Birmingham.
Terry Wong, Deputy Director of Australian Business at MTR Corporation spoke to Intelligent Transport about what the company is doing to expand and upgrade Australia’s metro services.
Connected and autonomous vehicle technology is set to take another leap forward in the UK, following a series of recent government funding announcements. The experts at TRL, the global centre for innovation in transport and mobility, are involved in many project consortia. In this article for Intelligent Transport, TRL Chief Scientist, Alan Stevens, outlined three key areas for successful automation in public transport.
Public transport operator TEC Group ordered 90 electric hybrid buses and 12 charging solutions for Charleroi and Namur.
Announced in 2017, this year will see 2getthere’s ParkShuttle in the city of Capelle aan den Ijssel in the Netherlands transformed into the world’s first unattended autonomous system operating on public roads.
Nevis Technologies announced that it will deliver its smart ticketing solutions to Lothian Buses, the UK’s largest publicly owned bus company.
Ahead of passenger services that start this year, testing begun on the UK’s first Tram Train vehicles on South Yorkshire’s Supertram system.
Lauren Sager Weinstein, Head of Analytics at Transport for London (TfL), has responsibility for the analysis of customer data, supporting operational and planning areas in delivery of services to TfL’s customers. London is a growing city; more than 31 million journeys are made in the capital each day, 23 per cent more than 15 years ago. Trains on one of the busiest underground lines, the Victoria line, carry thousands of commuters at a rate of one every 100 seconds during the morning peak. As Lauren explained to Intelligent Transport, it’s only natural that the data that TfL has access to is big as well.
An Rs 18.8 billion contract to design and construct the Metro Express Project in Mauritius has been signed between the government and Larsen & Toubro.
With Cambridge today launching the first phase of its cutting-edge Intelligent City Platform (iCP), we delved deeper into what makes a city ‘smart’ in regards to transportation, and what the city of Cambridge is implementing to make sure it’s at the forefront of said technologies.
After our successful event in London, we looked at the top five lessons to be learnt by the urban transport industry.
Siemens announced plans to acquire HaCon – a software solutions provider of planning, scheduling and information systems for public transportation.
Go-Ahead started accepting contactless payments at its Oxford division, comprising Oxford Bus Company, Thames Travel and Carousel Buses.
Sampo Hietanen, CEO and founder of MaaS Global spoke to Intelligent Transport about Mobility-as-a-Service, explaining what it can currently do to enhance passenger experience, including discussion of Whim, and what we can expect from MaaS in the future.
Improving passenger experience and predicting operational issues in vehicles with sensors are major goals for transportation operators. New technology in the low power wireless domain can help. A single LoRa low power wireless gateway can cover a whole train and dispatch sensor data to the cloud for real-time analytics.
Switch Mobility announced the launch of its dynamic Mobility-as-a-Service (MaaS) app ‘Switch’ which provides passengers instant access to virtually every kind of public transport service.
Today, more and more onus is on governments to provide seamless intermodal travel for their citizens. With increased transport options comes greater need for instant data exchange between transportation authorities providing the would-be passenger with the right information in the right place in the right time. This webinar discusses the key challenges in providing a seamless intermodal travel scenario and provide answers how to address these challenges.
Mobility solutions provider NAVYA demonstrated the fully autonomous ARMA shuttle at London Heathrow Airport for the first time in the UK, and Intelligent Transport questioned whether autonomous vehicles can complete the transport jigsaw in populous towns and cities.
Johan Herrlin, CEO of Ito World, predicts how 2018 will further innovate public transportation.
Greyhound announced a partnership with Google Maps that allows customers to plan trips more efficiently, and seamlessly connect to Greyhound schedules and other transit options. Customers can now personalise their travel by exploring routes and locations at a street-level view, planning connections with other modes of transportation, and get walking directions from various transit locations.
As smarter travel takes hold and digitalisation alters passenger expectations, experiences and mobility across the world, we celebrated the launch of Intelligent Transport by looking into some of the top smart technologies currently being implemented, as well as those that are being planned, around the world and, in no particular order, picked our top five smart cities.
The ZeEUS eBus Report – part of the Zero Emission Urban Bus System project – found 19 public transport operators and authorities, covering around 25 European cities, have published an e-bus strategy for 2020. According to the UITP, by this date, there should be more than 2,500 electric buses operating in these cities, representing 6 percent of their total fleet of 40,000.
India, one of the fastest growing economies in the world, is achieving a growth rate of 7.5 per cent per annum. With a growing population too, the country is working hard to transform itself over the next few decades. Improving public transportation is high on the agenda and Jaspal Singh, Head of the UITP India Office, writes that although private-vehicle ownership in India is growing and therefore causing major congestion problems in cities, there are plans to revamp bus systems and invest in metro networks.